Rasputin: The Biography
A Hardback edition by Douglas Smith (Oct 25, 2016)
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Short Description: A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. The spectre of the lustful Siberian holy man and peasant... Read more
A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. The spectre of the lustful Siberian holy man and peasant still casts its eerie shadow over Russia's bloody twentieth century. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra's confidant and guardian of the sickly heir to the throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet. Even during his lifetime Rasputin was shrouded in myth and his true story remains obscure today.
Douglas Smith's Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the true life of one of history's most alluring figures. Rasputin draws on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries and is the most thoroughly researched biography ever written. Demolishing the caricature of the holy devil, Smith's account presents Rasputin in all his complexity - man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. More than just the story of an extraordinary life, Rasputin offers a fascinating portrait of the twilight of Imperial Russia as it lurched towards catastrophe.
Rasputin Hardback edition by Douglas Smith
- Douglas Smith
- Pan Macmillan , Macmillan
- Publication date
- Oct 25, 2016
- Product dimensions
- 161 x 241 x 54mm
Section - i: List of Illustrations
Section - ii: Maps
Section - iii: Notes on Dates and Spelling
Unit - Part One: HOLY PILGRIM 1869-1904
Chapter - 1: Origins
Chapter - 2: The Pilgrim
Chapter - 3: Nicholas and Alexandra
Chapter - 4: Monsieur Philippe
Chapter - 5: Alexei
Chapter - 6: The Burning Torch
Chapter - 7: The Mad Monk
Unit - Part Two: OUR FRIEND: 1905-1909
Chapter - 8: To the Throne
Chapter - 9: Rasputin-Novy
Chapter - 10: Sects and Whips
Chapter - 11: Demons of the Silver Age
Chapter - 12: Anna Vyrubova
Chapter - 13: The Eyes
Chapter - 14: ". . . prayers that purify and protect us."
Chapter - 15: The Investigation: Part I
Chapter - 16: The First Test
Chapter - 17: "better ten Rasputins . . ."
Unit - Part Three: SCANDALS: 1910-1911
Chapter - 18: Trouble in the Nursery
Chapter - 19: The Press Discovers Rasputin
Chapter - 20: In Search of Rasputin
Chapter - 21: Prince Yusupov
Chapter - 22: Holy Land
Chapter - 23: Rasputin in His Own Words
Chapter - 24: Iliodor's Triumph
Chapter - 25: Two Murders
Chapter - 26: Confronting the "Antichrist"
Unit - Part Four: A TIME OF MIRACLES: 1912-July 1914
Chapter - 27: Germogen's Fall
Chapter - 28: Iliodor, Apostate
Chapter - 29: Quousque tandem abutere patientia nostra?
Chapter - 30: The Blow to the Alcove
Chapter - 31: The Investigation II: Was Rasputin a Khlyst?
Chapter - 32: The Miracle at Spala
Chapter - 33: War and Celebration
Chapter - 34: Gutter Talk, Name-Glorifiers, and Murder Plots
Chapter - 35: On the Edge of a Precipice
Chapter - 36: The Attack
Chapter - 37: "This time it didn't work . . ."
Chapter - 38: Iliodor's Flight
Unit - Part Five: WAR: July 1914-1915
Chapter - 39: A Menacing Cloud
Chapter - 40: The Incident at the Yar
Chapter - 41: Rasputin's Women
Chapter - 42: Dinner with Rasputin
Chapter - 43: The Religious Faces of Rasputin
Chapter - 44: A Summer of Troubles
Chapter - 45: The Tovarpar
Chapter - 46: Nicholas Takes Command
Chapter - 47: Rasputin, Favorite
Chapter - 48: Fresh Scandal
Chapter - 49: The Troika
Chapter - 50: Gorokhovaya, 64
Chapter - 51: Dark Forces and Mad Chauffeurs
Chapter - 52: Another Miracle
Unit - Part Six: THE FINAL YEAR: 1916
Chapter - 53: Revolution in the Air
Chapter - 54: The Minister Plots Murder
Chapter - 55: Iliodor in America
Chapter - 56: With Us or With Them
Chapter - 57: Rasputin the Spy?
Chapter - 58: Rasputin and the Jews
Chapter - 59: "The sun will shine . . ."
Chapter - 60: Apotheosis
Chapter - 61: Stupidity or Treason
Chapter - 62: "Vanya has arrived."
Chapter - 63: "My hour will soon strike"
Chapter - 64: The Last Day
Chapter - 65: A Cowardly Crime
Chapter - 66: The Investigation
Chapter - 67: The Body in the Water
Chapter - 68: The Romanov Family Drama
Chapter - 69: Orgies, Gay Love, and the Secret Hand of the British
Chapter - 70: The End of the Tobolsk Yoke
Unit - Part Seven: THE AFTERMATH: 1917-1918
Chapter - 71: A Time for Dominoes
Chapter - 72: Here Lies the Dog
Chapter - 73: The Myth
Chapter - 74: Unsettled Business
Section - iv: Epilogue
Acknowledgements - v: Acknowledgements
Section - vi: Bibliography
Section - vii: Endnotes
Index - viii: Index